Monday, 25 June 2012

Organic Gardener Magazine Winner

I have picked the winner of the Organic Gardener magazine  No. 62

Tania @ Out Back

Please Email Me with your address so I can get your magazine sent out to you ASAP!

Thank you to everyone who went in the draw, sorry you couldn't all win.

Thursday, 21 June 2012

Australia's Gardener of the Year 2012

Do you think you could be Australia's Gardener Of The Year?

ABC Gardening Australia is on the search once again...but with an exciting new twist this year. The winner will be chosen by the readers of the Gardening Australia magazine and the viewers of Gardening Australia. Judges will choose four finalists and readers and viewers will be asked to vote for their favourite.

This year there is a fantastic prize package valued at over $15,000 as well as the prestigious Golden Spade!

"The Gardener of the Year is a fantastic opportunity for Gardening Australia to celebrate the passionate gardener, regardless of the size or the location of the garden. We are looking for a passionate gardener who has made a difference to the lives of others through gardening. Many lovely stories have emerged in the past from this wonderful competition and I'm sure we will unveil more because of the inspirational qualities that lie within the gardens and the hearts of the gardeners", says Gardening Australia magazine editor, Jennifer Stackhouse.


To enter make sure you pick up a copy of the July issue of the ABC Gardening Australia magazine. It has all the details and the entry form to get you in with a chance. 
Entries close 27 July 2012 so get your entries in now.

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Organic Gardener 62

This month I have a copy of the latest Organic Gardener (no 62) to giveaway!

It's a Special Edition and our old mate Peter Cundall is the guest editor. 
Pete has a great article on growing potatoes! He gives you all the info on growing the best potatoes including his "10 Simple Steps to No-dig Spuds". Something I found interesting in that article was the fact that Potato tubers form best at temperatures under 26C with their optimal temperature range being between 16C and 20C. This would explain the problems I have in our summers over here...it is rare for our summer temperature to be below 26C. I'll have to work on ways to keep the spuds cooler!

Phil Dudman gives the low down on growing Broccoli successfully while Julie Ray gives some delicious ways to eat it! How about her Broccoli Pesto, Yummy Broccoli and Potato Soup or try the Broccoli Pakoras with two yoghurts. Just don't ever boil it to death and overcook it!

Penny Woodward discusses the benefits of using biodegradable pots in her article entitled "Plantable Pots". I'm finding it very useful to be able to plant out a seedling with it's pot intact into the soil...it lessens the chance of transplant shock and root damage.

Penny Woodward has another article about a fantastic school in Victoria that has such a great environmental programme running that it would surprise me if the kids were ever reluctant to go to school! They have a wetland, vegetable beds for each class, compost bins and worm farms, chooks, goats and other animals and even a bird hide. School was never that much fun in my day!

There's so much more in the magazine to read snuggled up by the fire on these chilly nights. I have really enjoyed reviewing this magazine for you and now I'd like to give you a chance to win a copy. Just leave a comment below to go in the draw and next Monday 25th June I'll announce the winner.

Check out the Organic Gardener Magazine website here or visit (and like) their Facebook page here for all the latest info on Organic Gardening in Australia! 

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

June Long Weekend

While we were away up north with the Grandtwins +1 we introduced them to the ice on the car on the frosty mornings...BUT if there was frost up there what was happening in Scarecrow's Garden down in frostyland????

This is what happened...



 
The trial Potato patch, although well covered, still got frost burn which it may recover from as the plants are still alive..

 
The Yacon which was flowering last week...well isn't flowering anymore!

 
The last few ripening tomatoes, well...at least the fruit is still ok!

 
We had a great time with the Grandtwins...in their sandpit, on the slippery-dip, watching the birds in the trees and finding creatures...a Preying Mantis and a sleepy Bearded Dragon!




  
 Little Micro-Man is now 8 weeks old!!!!

Monday, 11 June 2012

May Totals

Scarecrow's Garden Journal Notes:





Bed 6 in the Main Vegetable Garden with Lettuce, Snowpeas and Parcel!


 




Temperatures range for May:
Lowest Min -3C
Highest Min 13.1C
Lowest Max 7.9C
Highest Max 27.4C
9 mm Rain

Propagation:
Seeds sown:

Green Manure mix - Vetch Woolly Pod/Crown; Oats; Peas; Broad Beans; Barley  into Bed 6
Onion (Red) Tropea Rossa Lunga The Italian Gardener
Onion (White) Stuttgart The Lost Seed
Onion (White) Tonda Musona The Italian Gardener
Onion Red Rossa DT Brown

Planting Out:

Cabbage Early Jersey Wakefield into Bed 13
Cabbage Verona Purple Savoy  into Bed 13
Cauliflower Violet Sicillian into Bed 12
Onions Red Rossa into Bed 1
Onions Tropea Rossa Lunga into Bed 1
Poached Egg Plant Limnanthes douglasii around Bed 5
Silverbeet Rainbow Mixed/White Silver  into Bed 13
Sorrel Garden in Kitchen Garden

Cuttings:

Yacon Smallanthus sonchifolius
Lime Cotton Lavender Santolina chamaecyparissus 'Lime Fizz'

Harvest Tally for May:

Doesn't include Greens fed to the chooks on a daily basis or herbs picked for use in the kitchen for cooking or tea making. For Salads, Juice and Stirfries  I have been picking Kale, Silverbeet,  Mushroom Plant, Gotu Kola, Parsley, Basil, Nasturtium leaves and Beetroot Leaves which are not always weighed.
Beans Butter 147g
Beetroot Bull's Blood 669g
Celery Tendercrisp 70g
Jerusalem Artichoke 456g
Kale Mixed 473g
Lettuce Mixed 370g
Mushroom Portebello 95g
Onion Red 316g
Onion Stuttgart  803g
Onion Domenica  Sweet 360g
Peas Snow Roi de Carouby 359g
Pumpkin JAP 11332g
Rapini Cima Di Rapa 65g (didn't like this so the rest went to chooks)
Trombone 31594g
Total Veg Harvest for May 47.5Kgs

Apples Golden Delicious 6552g
Apple Pink Lady 163g
Total Fruit Harvest for May 6.7Kgs

Total Eggs for May 29 eggs:
 29 from the 5 Farmyard Ferals
 0 from the lone Barnevelder
 0  from the 4 Faverolles

May of Previous Years:

2011
2010
2009
2008
2007


To see how the various Garden areas fit on our half acre block check out the newest Planting Plan for Autumn HERE  This is updated as planting occurs.

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Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Frost


Frost-
Using this quote as a guide we had 14 mornings with the chance of frost during May...

"The climatological definition of frost is the occurrence of an air temperature of less than 2.2°C, and a severe frost occurs when the air temperature decreases below 0°C. This definition is used because air temperature is measured at a height of about 1.3 metres above the ground. Overnight the ground temperature may be several degrees lower than the air temperature at thermometer height."
from this site

By the look of this week's forecast (above) June is set to be even frostier...brrrrr!

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